List of baseball players who died during their careers
This is a list of baseball players who died during their careers. These deaths occurred during a game, due to illness, results of accidents, acts of violence, or suicide.
Repeated studies have shown that Major League Baseball players have a greater life expectancy than males in the general U.S. population — about five years more, on average, which is attributed to their superior fitness and healthy lifestyles. The longer the active career, the longer the player lives, on average. This correlation is attributed to the maintenance of fitness and increased wealth.
Deaths of active players
This is a list of notable deaths in baseball and untimely deaths of active professional baseball players.
|Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame|
Major League Baseball
The following Major League Baseball players died during their careers.
|Player||Age||Position||Team||Cause of death||Year||Ref(s)|
|Nick Adenhart||22||Pitcher||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||automobile accident||2009|||
|Harry Agganis||26||First baseman||Boston Red Sox||pulmonary embolism||1955|||
|Francisco Barrios||28||Pitcher||Milwaukee Brewers||heart attack||1982|
|Steve Bechler||23||Pitcher||Baltimore Orioles||complications from use of ephedra||2003|||
|Cy Bentley||22||Pitcher||Middletown Mansfields||tuberculosis||1873|||
|Marty Bergen||28||Catcher||Boston Beaneaters||suicide, cut his own throat||1900|
|Bill Blair||26||Pitcher||Chicago Cubs||influenza||1890|
|Tony Boeckel||31||Third baseman||Boston Braves||automobile accident||1924|
|Walt Bond||29||Outfielder||Minnesota Twins||leukemia||1967|
|Tiny Bonham||36||Pitcher||Pittsburgh Pirates||appendicitis||1949|
|Lyman Bostock||27||Outfielder||California Angels||homicide, gunshot||1978|||
|Hal Carlson||38||Pitcher||Chicago Cubs||stomach hemorrhage||1930|
|Joe Cassidy||23||Shortstop||Washington Senators||purpura hemorrhagia||1906|
|Ray Chapman||29||Shortstop||Cleveland Indians||struck on head by a pitch during a game||1920|||
|Néstor Chávez||21||Pitcher||San Francisco Giants||plane crash||1969|
|Roberto Clemente||38||Outfielder||Pittsburgh Pirates||plane crash||1972|||
|King Cole||29||Pitcher||New York Yankees||lung cancer||1916|||
|Hub Collins||28||Second baseman||Brooklyn Dodgers||typhoid fever||1892|
|Tim Crews||31||Pitcher||Cleveland Indians||boat accident (with Steve Olin)||1993|||
|Amos Cross||28||Catcher||Louisville Colonels||tuberculosis||1888|||
|Mike Darr||25||Outfielder||San Diego Padres||automobile accident||2002|||
|Jake Daubert||40||First baseman||Cincinnati Reds||appendicitis||1924|
|Ed Delahanty||35||Outfielder||Washington Senators||drowned, swept over Niagara Falls||1903|||
|Pickles Dillhoefer||28||Catcher||St. Louis Cardinals||typhoid fever||1922|
|Cozy Dolan||34||Outfielder||Boston Braves||typhoid fever||1907|
|Jim Doyle||30||Third baseman||Chicago Cubs||appendicitis||1912|
|Paul Edmondson||27||Pitcher||Chicago White Sox||automobile accident||1970|
|Charlie Ferguson||25||Pitcher||Philadelphia Quakers||typhoid fever||1888|
|José Fernández||24||Pitcher||Miami Marlins||boat accident||2016|||
|Neal Finn||29||Second baseman||Philadelphia Phillies||duodenal ulcer||1933|
|Jim Fogarty||27||Outfielder||Philadelphia Athletics||tuberculosis||1891|
|Danny Frisella||30||Pitcher||Milwaukee Brewers||dune buggy crash||1977|||
|Miguel Fuentes||23||Pitcher||Seattle Pilots||homicide, gunshot||1970|
|Tom Gastall||24||Catcher||Baltimore Orioles||plane crash||1956|
|Elmer Gedeon||27||Outfielder||Washington Senators||killed during World War II serving in United States Army Air Forces||1944|
|Marv Goodwin||34||Pitcher||Cincinnati Reds||plane crash||1925|
|Marc Hall||27||Pitcher||Detroit Tigers||diabetes||1915|
|Greg Halman||24||Outfielder||Seattle Mariners||homicide, stabbing||2011|||
|Josh Hancock||29||Pitcher||St. Louis Cardinals||automobile accident||2007|
|Clyde Hatter||29||Pitcher||Detroit Tigers||heart attack||1937|
|Willard Hershberger||30||Catcher||Cincinnati Reds||suicide, cut his own throat||1940|
|Herman Hill||25||Outfielder||Minnesota Twins||drowned while swimming||1970|
|Charlie Hodes||27||Catcher/Outfielder||Brooklyn Atlantics||tuberculosis||1875|||
|Ken Hubbs||22||Second baseman||Chicago Cubs||plane crash||1964|||
|Addie Joss||31||Pitcher||Cleveland Indians||meningitis||1911|||
|Joe Kennedy||28||Pitcher||Toronto Blue Jays||hypertensive heart disease||2007|||
|Darryl Kile||33||Pitcher||St. Louis Cardinals||heart attack||2002|||
|Len Koenecke||31||Outfielder||Brooklyn Dodgers||cerebral hemorrhage sustained during a fight on an airplane||1935|
|Jim Korwan||25||Pitcher||Chicago Colts||tuberculosis||1899|
|Joe Leonard||26||Third baseman||Washington Senators||appendicitis||1920|
|Walter Lerian||26||Catcher||Philadelphia Phillies||automobile accident||1929|
|Cory Lidle||34||Pitcher||New York Yankees||plane crash||2006|||
|Pat Luby||30||Pitcher||Louisville Colonels||tuberculosis||1899|
|Steve Macko||27||Infielder||Chicago Cubs||testicular cancer||1981|
|Austin McHenry||27||Outfielder||St. Louis Cardinals||brain tumor||1922|
|Doc McJames||27||Pitcher||Brooklyn Superbas||tuberculosis, complicated by injuries sustained in a carriage accident||1901|
|Alex McKinnon||30||First baseman||Pittsburgh Alleghenys||typhoid fever||1887|
|Edgar McNabb||28||Pitcher||Baltimore Orioles||suicide, gunshot||1894|
|Win Mercer||28||Pitcher||Detroit Tigers||suicide by inhalation of illuminating gas||1903|
|Mike Miley||23||Shortstop||California Angels||automobile accident||1977|||
|Tom Miller||26||Catcher||St. Louis Brown Stockings||indeterminate illness||1876|||
|Al Montgomery||21||Catcher||Boston Braves||automobile accident||1942|
|Bob Moose||29||Pitcher||Pittsburgh Pirates||automobile accident||1976|||
|Ed Morris||32||Pitcher||Boston Red Sox||homicide, stabbing||1932|||
|Thurman Munson||32||Catcher||New York Yankees||plane crash||1979|||
|Tom O'Brien||27||Outfielder||Pittsburgh Pirates||pneumonia||1901|
|Steve Olin||27||Pitcher||Cleveland Indians||boat accident (with Tim Crews)||1993|||
|Doc Powers||38||Catcher||Philadelphia Athletics||peritonitis arising from surgery complications following an in-game injury||1909|
|Jimmy Sebring||27||Outfielder||Washington Senators||Bright's disease||1909|
|Ralph Sharman||23||Outfielder||Philadelphia Athletics||drowned while swimming during military training during WWI||1918|
|Mike Sharperson||34||Infielder||San Diego Padres||automobile accident||1996|||
|Tyler Skaggs||27||Pitcher||Los Angeles Angels||accidental drug overdose||2019|||
|Len Sowders||27||Outfielder||Baltimore Orioles||typhoid malaria||1888|
|Chick Stahl||34||Outfielder||Boston Red Sox||suicide by ingestion of carbolic acid||1907|||
|Dernell Stenson||25||Outfielder||Cincinnati Reds||homicide, gunshot||2003|||
|Alan Storke||25||Infielder||Cincinnati Reds||general streptococcus due to empyema||1910|||
|Sy Sutcliffe||30||Catcher||Baltimore Orioles||Bright's disease||1893|||
|Oscar Taveras||22||Outfielder||St. Louis Cardinals||automobile accident||2014|||
|Jack Taylor||26||Pitcher||Cincinnati Reds||nephritis||1900|
|Al Thake||22||Outfielder||Brooklyn Atlantics||drowned while fishing||1872|
|Danny Thompson||29||Shortstop||Texas Rangers||leukemia||1976|
|Jim Umbricht||33||Pitcher||Houston Colt .45s||malignant melanoma||1964|
|Yordano Ventura||25||Pitcher||Kansas City Royals||automobile accident||2017|||
|Dick Wantz||25||Pitcher||California Angels||inoperable brain tumor||1965|
|Elmer White||22||Outfielder||Cleveland Forest Citys||tuberculosis||1872|||
|Don Wilson||29||Pitcher||Houston Astros||carbon monoxide poisoning||1975|||
|Cliff Young||29||Pitcher||Cleveland Indians||automobile accident||1993|
|Ross Youngs||30||Outfielder||New York Giants||Bright's disease||1927|
Former players of Major League Baseball still active in professional baseball at the time of their death
|Player||Age||Position||Last MLB Team||Last Pro Team||Cause of death||Year||Ref(s)|
|José Castillo||37||Infielder||Houston Astros||Cardenales de Lara||car accident, murdered (with Luis Valbuena)||2018|||
|Andújar Cedeño||31||Shortstop||Houston Astros||Azucareros del Este||car accident||2000|
|Harry Chapman||32||Catcher||St. Louis Browns||Little Rock Travelers||injuries sustained serving in the military during WWI||1918|
|Larry Chappell||28||Outfielder||Boston Braves||Salt Lake City Bees||influenza, while serving in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during WWI||1918|
|Jay Dahl||19||Pitcher||Houston Colt .45s||Salisbury Astros||automobile accident||1965|
|Miguel del Toro||29||Pitcher||San Francisco Giants||Seibu Lions||car accident||2001|
|Joe DeSa||27||First baseman||Chicago White Sox||Ponce Lions||car accident||1986|
|Bo Díaz||37||Catcher||Cincinnati Reds||Caracas Lions||crushed by a falling satellite dish||1990|||
|John Dodge||27||Third baseman||Cincinnati Reds||Mobile Sea Gulls||hit by a pitch in a game (minor league)||1916|
|Mario Encarnación||30||Outfielder||Chicago Cubs||Macoto Cobras||congenital disorder||2005|
|Howie Fox||34||Pitcher||Baltimore Orioles||San Antonio Missions||homicide, stabbing||1955|||
|Rosman García||32||Pitcher||Texas Rangers||Tigres de Aragua||car accident||2011|
|Harry Glenn||28||Catcher||St. Louis Cardinals||St. Paul Saints||pneumonia, while serving in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during WWI||1918|
|Geremi González||33||Pitcher||Milwaukee Brewers||Yomiuri Giants||lightning strike||2008|||
|Miguel Alfredo González||34||Pitcher||Philadelphia Phillies||Free agent||car accident||2017|||
|Herb Gorman||28||Left fielder||St. Louis Cardinals||San Diego Padres||cardiac arrest||1953|||
|Tommy Hanson||29||Pitcher||Los Angeles Angels||Sacramento River Cats||organ failure related to cocaine toxicity||2015|||
|Dixie Howell||40||Pitcher||Chicago White Sox||Indianapolis Indians||heart attack||1960|
|Pat Hynes||23||Outfielder||St. Louis Browns||Milwaukee Brewers||homicide||1907|||
|John LeRoy||26||Pitcher||Atlanta Braves||Sioux City Explorers||heart attack and brain aneurysm||2001|
|José Lima||37||Pitcher||New York Mets||Aguilas Cibaenas||heart attack||2010|
|Andy Marte||33||Infielder||Arizona Diamondbacks||KT Wiz||car accident||2017|||
|Dan McGann||39||First baseman||New York Giants||Milwaukee Brewers||suicide, gunshot||1910|||
|José Oliva||26||Third baseman||St. Louis Cardinals||Brother Elephants||car accident||1997|
|Jiggs Parrott||26||Third baseman||Chicago Colts||Dubuque Westerns||tuberculosis||1898|
|Charlie Peete||27||Outfielder||St. Louis Cardinals||Omaha Cardinals||plane crash||1956|
|Jim Ritz||22||Third baseman||Pittsburgh Pirates||Washington Little Senators||typhoid fever||1896|
|Kenny Robinson||29||Pitcher||Toronto Blue Jays||AZL Diamondbacks||automobile accident||1999|
|Chico Ruiz||33||Infielder||California Angels||Salt Lake City Angels||automobile accident||1972|||
|Jim Rogers||27||First baseman||Louisville Colonels||Norwich Witches||unknown||1900|
|Luis Valbuena||33||Infielder||Los Angeles Angels||Cardenales de Lara||car accident, murdered (with José Castillo)||2018|||
|Daniel Webb||28||Relief pitcher||Chicago White Sox||Free agent||all-terrain vehicle accident||2017|
|Denny Williams||29||Center fielder||Boston Red Sox||Portland Beavers||automobile accident||1929|||
Minor League Baseball
Minor league players are listed with their major league affiliate team, else denoted with a dagger () if their team was unaffiliated.
|Player||Age||Position||Last team||Organization||Cause of death||Year||Ref(s)|
|Malcom Anderson||23||Third baseman||San Francisco Haverlys||—||cardiac arrest||1888|||
|Jesse Batterton||19||Second baseman||Springfield Cardinals||St. Louis Cardinals||struck on the head by a pitch||1933|||
|Thomas Burke||26||Left fielder||Lynn Shoemakers||—||struck on the head by a pitch||1906|||
|Jairo Capellan||19||Pitcher||DSL Reds||Cincinnati Reds||automobile accident||2018|||
|Bobby Joe Case||24||Infielder||Mobile Bears||New York Mets||automobile accident||1962|||
|Evan Chambers||24||Outfielder||GCL Pirates||Pittsburgh Pirates||heart defect||2013|||
|Louis Chedo||23||Pitcher||Decatur Commodores||—||struck on the head by a pitch||1925|||
|Thomas Coates||—||Outfielder||Oshkosh Indians||—||unintentional discharge of firearm||1909|||
|William Coffey||22||Pitcher||Pampa Oilers||—||automobile accident||1951|||
|Brian Cole||22||Outfielder||Scottsdale Scorpions||New York Mets||automobile accident||2001|||
|Dick Conway||19||Catcher||Twin Falls Cowboys||New York Yankees||struck in the heart by a thrown ball||1951|||
|Ryan Costello||23||Infielder||Pensacola Blue Wahoos||Minnesota Twins||natural causes||2019|||
|James Davis||20||Outfielder||Ballinger Cats||—||struck on the head by a pitch||1947|||
|Linus Ebnet||23||Shortstop||Winnipeg Maroons||—||struck on the head by a pitch||1938|||
|Alfredo Edmead||17||Outfielder||Salem Pirates||Pittsburgh Pirates||brain trauma from in-game outfield collision||1974|||
|Lute Freeland||28||Pitcher||New Orleans Pelicans||—||blood poisoning||1902|||
|Louis Henke||—||First baseman||Atlanta Atlantas||—||internal bleeding from a collision on the base path||1885|||
|Red Herbert||18||First baseman||Dayton Veterans||—||internal bleeding from a collision on the base path||1904|||
|Happy Hogan||37||Catcher / Manager||Vernon Tigers||—||pneumonia||1915|||
|Ossie Johnson||—||Outfielder||Oakland Oaks||—||blood poisoning||1924|||
|Ottis Johnson||24||Outfielder||Dothan Browns||—||struck on the head by a pitch||1951|||
|Anthony Latham||21||Outfielder||Winston-Salem Red Sox||Boston Red Sox||boat accident||1983|||
|Pete Mann||27||Third baseman||Macon Peaches||—||struck in the chest by a pitch||1927|||
|Doug Million||21||Pitcher||New Haven Ravens||Colorado Rockies||asthma attack||1997|||
|Ernest Nichols||22||Pitcher||Spokane Indians||—||cardiac arrest||1903|||
|Chace Numata||27||Catcher||Erie SeaWolves||Detroit Tigers||injuries sustained in skateboarding accident||2019|||
|Bob Osgood||19||Catcher||Marion Cubs||Chicago Cubs||cardiac arrest||1948|||
|Charles Pinkney||20||Second basemen||Dayton Veterans||—||struck on the head by a pitch||1909|||
|Billy Rakes||24||Third basemen||Reidsville Luckies||—||automobile accident||1953|||
|Ernest Regenold||25||Pitcher||Springfield Senators||—||cardiac arrest and heat stroke||1926|||
|Russell Reynolds||24||Catcher||Huntington Red Birds||—||struck on the head by a pitch||1935|||
|Lionel Rodgers||21||Utility||Fresno Giants||San Francisco Giants||automobile accident||1961|||
|Ronaldo Romero||19||Pitcher||Gastonia Rangers||Texas Rangers||cardiomyopathy, Supac use was a contributing factor||1990|||
|Victor Sanchez||20||Pitcher||Leones del Caracas||Seattle Mariners||struck by a boat while swimming||2015|||
|Bill Seinsoth||22||First basemen||Bakersfield Dodgers||Los Angeles Dodgers||automobile accident||1969|||
|Leo Smith||19||Third baseman||Kokomo Wild Cats||—||internal bleeding from a collision on the base path||1909|||
|Mac Smith||23||Infielder||Hagerstown Packets||Washington Senators||cardiac arrest||1954|||
|Andy Strong||24||Center fielder||Crowley Millers||—||lightning strike during game||1951|||
|George Tkach||21||Second baseman||Superior Blues||—||struck on the head by a pitch||1936|||
|Herbert Whitney||27||Catcher||Burlington Pathfinders||—||struck on the head by a pitch||1906|||
|Lefty Wycoff||—||Pitcher||Canton Terriers||—||struck by automobile||1929|||
Nippon Professional Baseball
|Player||Age||Position||Team||Cause of death||Year||Ref(s)|
|Hiroyuki Oze||24||Outfielder||Orix Buffaloes||suicide||2010|
Negro League Baseball
|Player||Age||Position||Team||Cause of death||Year||Ref(s)|
|William Bedford||23||Outfielder||Cuban Giants||lightning strike||1909|||
|George Fleischman||24||Catcher||Stapleton Baseball Club||struck on the head by a pitch||1908|||
|John Garcia||28||Catcher||Cuban Giants||cardiac arrest during game||1904|||
|Josh Gibson||35||Catcher||Homestead Grays||brain tumor and stroke||1947|
|Clifford Larkins||21||Catcher||Zulu Cannibal Giants||struck on the throat by a pitch||1937|||
|Porter Moss||34||Pitcher||Memphis Red Sox||homicide, gunshot||1944|
|Ben Myers||19–20||Catcher||Southern Star Baseball Club||broken neck, struck by a passed ball||1890|||
|Pythias Russ||26||Catcher||Chicago American Giants||tuberculosis||1930|
|Clyde Nelson||32||Infielder||Indianapolis Clowns||cardiac arrest during game||1949|||
|Chino Smith||28||Outfielder||Lincoln Giants||yellow fever||1932|
|Frank Warfield||35||Second baseman / manager||Washington Pilots||heart attack||1932|
|George Washington||34||Pitcher||Philadelphia Giants||cardiac arrest||1908|||
|Charlie Williams||27||Shortstop||Chicago American Giants||ptomaine poisoning||1931|
Dutch League Baseball
|Player||Age||Position||Team||Cause of death||Year||Ref(s)|
|Hartog Hamburger||37||Infielder||OVVO||hit by line drive ball on head||1924|
|Player||Age||Position||Team||Cause of death||Year||Ref(s)|
|Curtis Brenneman||17||Second baseman||Gettysburg||struck on head by a pitch||1926|||
|Robert Brown||19||unknown||Howard County JC||electrocuted while erecting a foul pole that fell on a powerline||1953|||
|Randy Collins||22||Pitcher / Outfielder||Vanderbilt||automobile accident||1973|||
|Joseph Geddings||20||Catcher||Appalachian State||struck on head by a pitch||1964|||
|Ira Goodlet||18||unknown||Arkansas Cumberland||struck on head by a pitch||1908|||
|James Mair||—||Second baseman||Monmouth||cerebral hemorrhage, collided with a teammate||1896|||
|Hervey Mangham||19||Right fielder||Louisiana State||struck on head by a pitch||1908|||
|Cassel Mowrey||21||First baseman||West Virginia||struck on the head by a pitch||1923|||
|Gene Reynolds||18||unknown||Howard County JC||electrocuted while erecting a foul pole that fell on a powerline||1953|||
|Tim Trunk||19||Pitcher||Bradley||automobile accident||1989|||
|Walter Zorn||19||unknown||St. John's (Kansas)||struck on head by a pitch||1950|||
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